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  1. Newcastle ease to win over 10-man Brighton
  2. Leaders Huddersfield beat Wolves for best start in 64 years
  3. Bristol City hit back to beat Aston Villa 3-1
  4. Barnsley thrash Rotherham in South Yorkshire derby
  5. Swindon v Bristol Rovers abandoned after torrential rain

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By Rob Stevens and Jay Freeman

All times stated are UK

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David Wagner

That is it from us this evening, thanks for joining us during our live text commentary on today's EFL action.

Huddersfield top the Championship table heading into the international break after securing their fourth win of the season with victory over Wolves.

We'll be back when the Championship returns after the international break on the weekend of 10-11 September.

Until then, goodbye.

Clubs yet to meet Kodjia valuation - Johnson

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson says no club has yet matched their valuation for forward Jonathan Kodjia.

The 26-year-old was omitted from the matchday squad as the Robins beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Ashton Gate.

"We are in a position where we don't have to sell our best players unless a buying club comes up with sufficient dosh," Johnson said.

"I left Jonathan out because of all the speculation, but nothing is signed and sealed yet. If he does leave we have contingency plans in place."

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Post-match reaction: Hasselbaink happy to grind out win

Wigan 0-1 Queens Park Rangers

Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink
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Queens Park Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says he was happy his side could eke out a 1-0 win against Wigan Athletic.

"Overall it was a very solid performance, it was a grinder, and at times a little bit nervous," Hasselbaink said.

Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell was pleased with his side's attitude despite the defeat.

Caldwell said: "I can't fault the desire, but we have to get better in terms of know-how and playing in the right areas."

Post-match reaction: Van La Parra picked 'right moment to score'

Huddersfield 1-0 Wolves

Rajiv van La Parra
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Huddersfield boss David Wagner says Rajiv van La Parra picked a perfect time to open his account for the Terriers, who stayed top of the table with a 1-0 win over Wolves.

"He chose the best moment to score his first goal. Everybody knows how difficult it was to get him here on loan last season and he was desperate to come here," Wagner said.

Wolves suffered their first defeat under head coach Walter Zenga, but the former Sampdoria boss says they have a long way to go.

"The Championship is a difficult league but not an impossible league and this is a long season with many games left to play," the Italian said.

Post-match reaction: Stam happy with late victory

Cardiff City 0-1 Reading

Jaap Stam
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Reading manager Jaap Stam was happy with his side's focus as they bounced back from a three-game losing run to beat Cardiff City.

"We have worked a lot on not conceding stupid goals from set-pieces, as we did at Newcastle and Wolves, and got that out of our system," Stam said.

Cardiff boss Paul Trollope was frustrated with his side, after conceding though Yann Kermorgant's strike in the 89th minute.

"We thought we had this one in the palm of our hands at half-time and that we would go on to win. But not taking those chances came back to haunt us so we need to improve that." 

Post-match reaction: Cairney 'can be a Premier League player'

Blackburn 0-1 Fulham

Tom Cairney
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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic says Tom Cairney has the ability to be a Premier League player, after he scored the winner against his former club Blackburn Rovers.

"[With] his quality, he's clinical. He's a player who doesn't lose passes. He normally completes around 90%. He's a very important part of our squad and I like this player," Jokanovic said.

Rovers manager Owen Coyle was optimistic about his side's performance despite their winless run in the league continuing.

"What I do know moving forward, if we perform like that and we look to add to the squad, then I know it will leave us in a good place and be a platform to drive ourselves up the Championship table," he said.

Post-match reaction: Rowett delighted with Norwich win

Birmingham City 3-0 Norwich City

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Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett was happy to bounce back from their defeat by local rivals Wolves last week with a comfortable victory against Norwich City.

"The players showed a lot of character on and off the ball and was it the hardest we have worked let alone the best we have played," Rowett said.

Norwich only had themselves to blame for the defeat, according to boss Alex Neil.

"In this league if you do not scrap you are in trouble and against Birmingham we were not at the races. We lost the game as we were makers of our own downfall," he said.

Post-match reaction: Stubbs warns out of outgoings

Barnsley 4-0 Rotherham United

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Rotherham United boss Alan Stubbs says some players may have to leave the club after they were thrashed by South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.

"Today is obviously very disappointing. If the players aren't prepared to work hard then we will have players out and have players in. There may be more going out than I originally expected," Stubbs said.

Meanwhile, Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom was delighted with his side's performance as victory took them to third in the Championship.

"We have shown we can win games in this league and if you want to achieve anything, that's what you have got to do. The style of the win and the scoreline puts the icing on the cake."

Championship round-up

With the match at St James' Park finished, let's have a recap of today's results in the Championship, and get the thoughts of managers on their sides' performances.

FT: Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Jonjo Shelvey
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It's about time I scored and it was a good strike. I have been practicing those in training. We have got a good team spirit in the squad and the gaffer has got us all pulling in one direction. That is what we need to get out of the league. I think we put out a statement today.

Jonjo ShelveyNewcastle midfielder on Sky Sports

FT: Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

It was massive for us as we know Brighton are a good side. We put on a great show. It is good to go on a run but we'll have a few days off over the international break before we start preparing for Derby.

Jamaal LascellesNewcastle captain on Sky Sports

FT: Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

That victory lifts Newcastle up to fourth in the Championship table.

The Magpies are four points behind early leaders Huddersfield Town heading into the international break.

Brighton are eighth, having suffered defeat in a regular-season game for the first time since February.


Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Jaamal Lascelles
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Referee Keith Stroud blows the final whistle at St James' Park.

Newcastle have secured their third successive win and inflicted Brighton's first defeat of the season.

Jamaal Lascelles gave the Magpies a 1-0 half-time lead and, after Albion's Sam Baldock was set off for a second bookable offence, Jonjo Shelvey's brilliant free-kick secured victory.

Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Nothing much is happening. It doesn't look like Newcastle's goal will be threatened again.


Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

A brilliant save from Newcastle keeper Matz Sels.

The Belgian hasn't had much to do today but dives to his right to palm away a fierce shot from Albion midfielder Beram Kayal from inside the box.

That will surely secure a clean sheet and the three points for the Magpies.

Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

David Stockdale launches the ball forward into the Newcastle half but the home defence stands firm once more.

There will be four minutes of added time.

Chris Hughton
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Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

A long throw from Burno causes a bit of trouble in the Newcastle area and they put the ball out for a corner.

Anthony Knockaert then crosses and finds Lewis Dunk at the back post but the centre-back can only send his header back across goal and behind for a goal kick.


Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Newcastle make their final change of the day.

New signing De Andre Yedlin makes his debut for the Magpies. The USA international comes on for Yoan Gouffran.

Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Brighton finally have a worthwhile effort at goal.

Substitute Kazenga LuaLua has a quick one-two with Tomer Hemed and blasts towards goal from just outside the box.

However he drags his left-footed shot wide of the far post. Matz Sels dived towards it but it was never going to trouble the Belgian.

YELLOW CARD (Knockaert)

Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Brighton's Anthony Knockaert goes into the book. It really hasn't been his day.

Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Brighton finally put a ball into the box which at least troubles the Newcastle defence.

Shane Duffy heads the ball back across goal and Beram Kayal gets a head on it to keep it in play but the Magpies manage to scramble the danger clear.

Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

No is the answer.

Mo Diame gets a head on the ball in and clears for Newcastle.

That is his last contribution of the day as he is replaced by Jack Colback.

Diame gets a warm reception from the Magpies fans as he head for the bench.

Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Brighton win a free-kick just outside the Newcastle box on the left as Chancel Mbemba trips Knockaert.

Can Albion finally get an effort on goal to test Matz Sels?

Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Anthony Knockaert and Ayoze Perez
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Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert tries his luck from distance but his effort is wayward.

It hasn't really happened for the Frenchman, or the Seagulls, today.

Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Brighton swing in another free-kick as they look for a way back into the game.

This one from Anthony Knockaert goes to the back post but right-back Bruno can't get on the end of it.

Newcastle get the ball back. They are controlling proceedings at the moment.

Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Sam Baldock challenge
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Both summarisers on BBC local radio feel Sam Baldock might have been a bit harshly treated with that second yellow card.

There was no need to go for that challenge. The linesman and the referee haven't got that split decision to see TV replays.

Warren AspinallFormer Brighton midfielder on BBC Sussex

Sels' touch was bad. Baldock had every right to go for it. His momentum has taken him into Sels. What's he supposed to do? I think he's unlucky.

John AndersonFormer Newcastle defender on BBC Newcastle


Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez makes his first change. Right-back Vurnon Anita comes off and it replaced by Jesus Gamez.

It's a league debut for the Spaniard.

Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

The 'oles' can be heard from the Newcastle fans at St James's Park, with the hosts dominating possession.


Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

They can't immediately.

Jonjo Shelvey calls Albion keeper David Stockdale into action again.

His left-footed strike from the edge of the area is heading in at the far post but Stockdale gets down and manages to get fingertips to the ball to turn it behind for a corner.

Newcastle could well get a third before the game is finished.


Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton sparks and makes a triple change in an attempt to get back into the game.

Off go midfielder Steve SIdwell, winger Jiri Skalak and striker Glenn Murray.

On come Oliver Norwood, Kazenga LuaLua and Tomer Hemed.

Three straight swaps there. Can this trio spark a comeback?

Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Newcastle come forward again and Ayoze Perez almost gets on the end of a ball in from Matt Ritchie.

The Magpies are very comfortable against Brighton's 10 men at the moment.

GOAL Newcastle 2-0 Brighton

Jonjo Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey
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Brighton had a five-man wall but that doesn't matter.

Jonjo Shelvey steps up and curls it round the wall and into the bottom right-hand corner of the Albion net.

Seagulls stopper David Stockdale was nowhere near it.

A great free-kick from Shelvey. Newcastle look set to pick up three points here.

Newcastle 1-0 Brighton

Sidwell now concedes a free-kick for a challenge on Mo Diame.

This is in a decent position for Newcastle, centrally located about 25 yards out from goal.

Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey are sizing it up.

Newcastle 1-0 Brighton

Brighton midfielder Steve Sidwell strikes at goal from just outside the box but his effort is blocked by a defender.

That sums up Albion's game so far. Magpies keeper Matz Sels has hardly been tested.

Newcastle 1-0 Brighton

Sam Baldock off
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Newcastle have been very much on top since that red card.

A long spells of possession leads to a shooting chance for Mo Diame, but his effort goes miles over the bar.

This should be simple for the hosts to close out against 10 men. Brighton have hardly threatened all afternoon.

RED CARD (Baldock)

Newcastle 1-0 Brighton

Brighton are up against it now.

Striker Sam Baldock goes to close down a clearing kick from Newcastle keeper Matz Sels.

Sels takes his time and Baldock clips the Belgian's left leg with his body after the ball had gone.

Referee Keith Stroud shows Baldock a second yellow card and he trudges off, arguing his case with the fourth official on his way down the tunnel.

Sels' touch was bad. Baldock had every right to go for it. His momentum has taken him into Sels. What's he supposed to do? I think he's unlucky, Baldock.

John AndersonEx-Newcastle defender on BBC Newcastle


Newcastle 1-0 Brighton

Brighton come close to an equaliser!

Beram Kayal sneaks in behind the Newcastle defence and cuts back inside from the left hand side of the box.

The ball drifts to Anthony Knockaert and his effort clips the top of the bar.

Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles then gets shown a yellow card for arguing Kayal was offside.

Newcastle 1-0 Brighton

Brighton put together a series of passes and left-back Gaetan Bong lifts the ball into the box.

Glenn Murray volleys towards goal from around the penalty spot but his effort is blocked by Paul Dummett.

Better play from Brighton.

It's the first time Bong has got forward. You won't get many chances in big games like this.

Warren AspinallFormer Brighton midfielder on BBC Sussex

Newcastle 1-0 Brighton

Newcastle create their first opening of the match, as Yoan Gouffran volleys well over the bar from Vurnon Anita's ball into the box.

Newcastle 1-0 Brighton

Brighton have started the half comfortable in possession but have kept the ball at the back for the last couple of minutes.

Can their attackers create the chances they failed to in the first half?

Beram Kayal
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